What Are Some Traditional Irish Wedding Blessings?


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There are many Irish blessings given on wedding days, including "May you both live as long as you want and never want as long as you live," "Wishing you always walls for the win, a roof for the rain, tea beside the fire and the love and laughter of those you hold dear." Many traditional Irish weddings use the prayer "May the road rise up to meet you" as part of the ceremony as well.

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Traditional Irish weddings use blessings and prayers for many parts of the event. They can be said during the vows, exchanged between husband and wife or during the reception to thank the guests. They can also be given from the guests as well-wishes to the new bride and groom. The blessings can range from being very simple to longer and detailed.

One of the older Irish blessings says: "May the blessing of the light, Be with you always, Light without and light within. And may the sun shine, Upon you and warm your heart, Until it glows, Like a great fire, So that others may feel, The warmth of your love for one another." Some of the blessings are still given in the traditional Gaelic language of Ireland, such as "Go mbeannai Dia duit," which means "May God bless you."

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